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Telling Tales: The Blizzard of 2010

I’m one of those people.

I watch the weather - religiously. And I think there is something seriously wrong with those of you who don’t.

Be it a thunderstorm, flood or blizzard - I’m never caught off-guard. In fact, Lisa Patton is one of my very best friends. (One of these days I hope to meet her.) And you are a dead man if you try to change the channel before I get to watch her.

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Learning about the real world is not always good

By SAM HATCHER

Our youngest daughter graduated from college last year and has entered the real world.

Or perhaps I should say she thinks she has entered the real world.

She has a job. She gets up early in the morning and commutes daily to Nashville to that job. She is learning what a budget is but is still having problems segregating “I’ve got to have this” from “I really want this.”

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Christmas for All: Thanks for the assistance

To the Editor:

The Christmas of 2009 will probably be remembered by a lot of people in Wilson County, and today's children will surely tell their grandchildren about the hardships with the economy.

However, in Wilson County there are a lot of children who will not have to tell their grandchildren about Santa not coming to their house in 2009. In the Lebanon area more than 3,000 children and senior citizens enjoyed Christmas thanks to the generosity and volunteer work from our community.

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Citys snow fleet feels storms pain

From Post staff reports

Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead responded yesterday to a number of inquiries he said his office has had about what the City of Lebanon did to prepare for last weekend’s winter blast and what “the City was doing to clear the streets.”

He prefaced his remarks with some humor saying “I wish we could have all spent the recent snow storm bundled up in our homes, drinking hot chocolate and watching our children and grandchildren enjoy their snow sleds. Ahhhh, to be young again. But with age comes responsibility and unfortunately we have to get out of our driveways and face the real world.”

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Brown named interim principal at WCHS

Wilson County Director of Schools Mike Davis named Darian Brown as the interim principal at Wilson Central High School on Tuesday.

Brown will complete the 2009-2010 school year in place of former principal, Travis Mayfield, who accepted an administrative position in Williamson County.

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Lebanon real estate company affiliates with United Country

Mike Walker, principal auctioneer and sales associate, and Cynthia Walker, principal broker and sales associate, have recently affiliated with United Country Real Estate in Lebanon.

Located at 726 West Main Street, their office will now be called United Country - Walker Realty & Auction LLC.

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CU Hoops for Habitat Thursday

From Post staff reports

Habitat for Humanity is sponsoring Thursday’s Cumberland basketball game against Lyon College, and the organization plans to have halftime competitions of building a LEGO house and a relay race with construction hats, shoes, tool belts, etc.

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Library event to cook Lucy Lee

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

Lucy Lee has been named as this year’s “Roastee” at the 20th Annual Wilson County Library Roast, set for Tuesday, March 30 at Castle Heights Upper Elementary School.

The event is a fund raiser for the Wilson County Library system, and all three libraries benefit from the proceeds.

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Icy road claims life

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

A Lebanon woman was killed Monday afternoon in a two-car accident on Interstate 40 in Nashville while driving in a slush-covered lane on the roadway.

The victim was identified as Elaine Pfingsten, 34, of Lebanon. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident which occurred about 1:15 p.m.

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More snow?

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

There is a possibility of more snow this weekend, but so far it doesn’t look like there will be as much as this past weekend.

Forecasts on Tuesday called for 1-3 inches depending on how the storm system tracks. Some computer models from the National Weather Service showed a low pressure system moving more easterly than northeasterly from the Louisiana area and the way it how it tracks will determine how much snow the Middle Tennessee area receives.

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Gene "Baby" Mitchell, 72

LEBANON – Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, February 1 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Mitchell, 72, of Lebanon. Known as “Baby” to his family and friends, he died January 29, 2010.

Services were conducted by Brother Danny Sellars and Matthew Neal. Interment was in Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Survivors include his wife of 41 years Polly Hale Mitchell; children Donna Foster, Trisha Mitchell, Lisa (Eugene) Neal, Elizabeth (Roger) Dyer and J.R. (Janet) Dutton.

Also surviving are siblings Margaret McDonald, Don (Shirley) Mitchell and Edward (Nealie) Mitchell; grandchildren Kelsey Foster, Marshallene Hooper, Amber Neal, Matthew Neal, Crystal (Nick) Dutton, Anthony Dyer and Angela Anello; great-grandchildren Zachary Anello and James Dyer.

He is preceded in death by parents Ernest and Sarah Spann Mitchell, sisters Wylene Harmon and Louise Williams, and brothers Jerry and Robert Mitchell. Pallbearers: Matthew Neal, Nick Dutton, Timmy Mitchell, Steven Hale, Dewayne Garcia, and Chad Beard.  Honorary:  Wayne Drennon, Paul Tramell, Bobby Lax and Charles Davis.  Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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Sherrill C. Pegram, 46

LEBANON – Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, February 1 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Peagram, 46, of Watertown. Employed with Potts Masonry, he died January 29, 2010 at the University Medical Center.

Services were conducted by Rev. Vernon Burrow. Interment was at the Brush Creek Cemetery. Survivors include: mother Kathryn Brown Pegram; son Justin Pegram Brown; brothers Jackie (Melody) Pegram, George (Anita) Pegram, Randy Pegram, Gary Pegram and Ronnie (Ruthie) Pegram; sisters Patricia Wood, Christine (Lawrence) Potts, Rhonda (Kenneth) Cassidy; along with several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by father, Milton Lewis Pegram.  Pallbearers included: nephews Eugene Potts, Troy Wood, John Wood, Larry Potts, Jessie Potts and Shaun Pegram. Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

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John Thomas Hagar, 96

MT. JULIET – Funeral services will be private for Mr. Hagar, 96, of Mt. Juliet. A lifetime member of Dodson Chapel United Methodist Church a DuPont retiree, he died Saturday, January 30, 2010.

The son of the late James Henry and Eva Brent Hagar, Mr. Hagar was a fisherman and a gardener. He participated in the Senior Olympics for several years.

Survivors include: children Betty Jean Burns, Christine H. (Harry) Northcutt and Jim (Mary Jane) Hagar; eight grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Dodson Chapel United Methodist Church Youth Program, 4107 Dodson Chapel Road, Hermitage, 37076.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by wife Elva Hinson Hagar; brothers Ira and James Hagar and sister Corrine Hagar.  Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel.

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Edd Bryant, 71

MT. JULIET – Mr. Edd Bryant, 71, of Old Hickory passed away January 31, 2010. No services are scheduled at this time.

Survivors include: his wife Nellie Bryant; son Brian Bryant; daughters Sammie (Scott) Bell, Melissa (John) Moulton, Pamela (Joseph) Batson and Angela (fiancé David Kielty) Hedden; Also surviving are siblings Otis (Julia) Bryant, Darrell (Sherry) Bryant, Shirley (Arthur) Wood, Diane Miller and Deborah (Michael) Vaughn; grandchildren Dawn, Ashley, Jacob, Sarah, Paige, Lindsey, Cole, Carter, Conner and Taylor; great-grandchildren Austin, Aiden and August; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

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Patricia Anne Clemmons, 61

LEBANON – Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, February 2 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Clemmons, 61, of Lebanon. Known as “Nanny” to her family and friends and retired from BellSouth, she died January 30, 2010.

Services were conducted by Brother Danny Sellars with interment in Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include children Melissa Clemmons Kirkendoll, Brian (Elaine) Clemmons, Jeff (Kelley) Clemmons, Cory (Shannon) Clemmons, Brandy (Brian) Tomlinson and Brad (Leslie) Clemmons; grandchildren Makayla Alsup, Braxton Givens, Evan, Eli, Katelyn, Chase, McKane, Parker, Chandler and Natasha Clemmons, Lexie and Vannah Sells, Caleb Tomlinson and Cole Kirkendoll; lifelong friends Mona Murphy and Bonnie Wells; along with several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. 

Active pallbearers: Jason Reeder, Brian Gibson, Joe Gardner, Chad Maynard, Jason Lasater, Brandon Murphy, Pat Barry, Scotty Howard and Timmy Wells. Honorary: Wayne Howard, Daniel Barry, the staff at Quality Inn, and previous co-workers at BellSouth.

She is preceded in death by mother Margaret Maynard, grandparents Wayne and Tabby Maynard, nephews Winn Murphy and James “Dink” Barry, Ruth Garton and Smitty Murphy.  Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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Sidney Roger Probst, Sr., 74

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Thursday, February 4 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Probst, 74, of Mt. Juliet. The son of the late Levi Lee and Ella Mae Simmons Propst and an avid outdoorsman, "Sid" died Saturday, January 30, 2010.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road.

Survivors include: sons S. Roger (Robin) Propst, Jr. of Mt. Juliet and L. Wayne Propst of Lewisburg, NC; brother Zannie (Erna) Propst of Columbus, GA; sisters Jeannie Propst of San Diego, CA, Hazel Jones and Mary Shumate -- both of Wilkesboro, NC; grandchildren Heather (David) Conklan, Pamela Propst and Elizabeth Propst.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Probst was preceded in death siblings Odell Propst and Gladys Holcomb.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel.

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Raymond Kenneth Taylor, 88

LEBANON -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, February 4 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mr. Taylor, 88, of Lebanon. Past president of the Lebanon Kiwanis Club and former Chairman of the Deacons at First Baptist Church, he died Feb. 1, 2010.

The son of the late W.W. and Beatrice Ellis Taylor, he had the distinction of the longest membership at FBC Lebanon. The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and for one hour prior to service on Thursday.

Services will be conducted by Dr. Ray Cleek and Brother Don McElroy. Interment follows in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 69 years Ruth Buchanan Taylor; children Cindy (Gary Mack) Foster and Tony (Laura) Taylor; brother Paul “Buddy” (Alice) Taylor; grandchildren Jill Schuster, Janet Curlin, Kimberly Taylor, Rosekay Arnold and Jacob Brown; great-grandchildren Taylor Curlin, Cole Relford and Ayden Bentley; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Active pallbearers: Sam Pigg, Tim Taylor, Don Taylor, Ronnie Taylor, Keith Taylor, and Randall Keith. Honorary: Volunteer Sunday School Class, Milton Johnson, Sam Sherrill, Sam Swindell and Hubert Clemmons.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Taylor is preceded in death by daughter Susan Taylor, baby Maudine Taylor, brothers Elber Taylor and Edward Taylor, and great-grandchild Savannah Relford. Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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Basketball schedule updates

From Post staff reports
Not wanting to see their basketball schedules fall too far behind due to weather, several Wilson County schools have opted for mid-week games.

Lebanon High will host District 9AAA rival Station Camp Wednesday at Campbell Brandon Gymnasium while Wilson Central entertains Gallatin in Gladeville. Both doubleheaders are set for 6:30 p.m. starts. Mt. Juliet High will visit Shackle Island on Thursday for a 9AAA twinbill vs. Beech High.

FCS visits RBS Wednesday -- Friendship Christian will travel to Red Boiling Springs today for a 3 p.m. doubleheader vs. the Bulldog teams. Tuesday’s scheduled games were moved to today because of the weather.

MJCA plays Wednesday -- Mt. Juliet Christian Academy will play at Currey Ingram in Brentwood Wednesday afternoon in a 4:30 p.m. doubleheader -- rescheduled from Monday night.  On Friday night, Riverside Christian comes to Mt. Juliet for a 6 p.m. twin bill at MJCA.

WHS games moved -- Watertown’s Tuesday night home doubleheader with Monterey has been moved to Monday, Feb. 8.
 “Sometimes it’s easier to go on the road,” said Watertown principal / girls coach Jeff Luttrell. “Tuesday morning our parking lot and sidewalks were still a mess -- and we’ve spread salt everywhere.”

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Local football commitments

By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
BULLETIN
-- Mt. Juliet fullback Brady Earnhardt will sign with Army in ceremonies planned Wednesday at Mt. Juliet High School. Hampered by a knee injury in the early part of the 2009 season, he returned to action and ran 37 times for 247 yards (6.6 per carry) and three TD's. He also caught three passes for 33 yards as Mt. Juliet went 9-2 in 2009.

Mt. Juliet High tight end Matt Stewart committed over the weekend to UT-Martin and will sign scholarship papers with the Skyhawks on National Signing Day. He becomes the second Mt. Juliet Golden Bear to verbally commit, after kicker / punter Tyler Emmetts said late last week he would be signing with Cumberland University. Here's Tyler's story.

Problem solved. -- Seeking a resolution to hiccups in the kicking game that cost the squad three wins in 2009, Cumberland’s coaching staff didn’t have to go far for a remedy. Mt. Juliet High’s all-state kicker / punter Tyler Emmetts has verbally committed to CU and is expected to sign scholarship papers next week.

Emmetts, son of Bill and Lesli Emmetts, turned down “priority” walk-on opportunities at Middle Tennessee State and Austin Peay in favor of a scholarship offer from Bulldog head coach Dewayne Alexander.

“We had a very good visit to Cumberland last weekend,” Tyler’s mother Lesli said Thursday morning. “Coach Alexander and the players seemed to place a lot of value on signing the right kicker.”

Emmetts is expected to major in criminal justice at Cumberland. As a senior at Mt. Juliet, Emmetts punted 16 times for an average of 41.6 per. He connected on 10-of-13 field goal attempts with a long kick of 46 yards and went 48-of-51 on PAT attempts.

In the off season, Emmetts has worked with former University of Tennessee kicker James Wilhoit and former Vanderbilt punter John Markham. Emmetts was voted Class 6A All-State by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association and in 2008 was named Region 5, 5A Kicker of the Year.

Other local commitments include: Watertown DE / TE Nick Lennox to NCAA Division II power Carson Newman; Wilson Central offensive tackle Cameron Clemmons to Western Kentucky and Central linebacker Jordan Poole to Southern Illinois.

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Haiti via Dominican Republic

By Sister A.A.A. STAFFORD
Special to The Wilson Post

Thank God for allowing me to be able to go to Haiti via the Dominican Republic on Feb. 4. I have been waiting on a flight to Haiti; however, every time I would attempt a flight to Haiti, something would come up that it is not possible to get into Port-au-Prince. Remember, there is a way to anything you want to do if you are doing it for God.

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MJ woman helping Haitian orphans find a home

By TOMI L. WILEY
Special to The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- They almost had the little girl, whose face and name have been splashed across the news for weeks, home to Nashville when the earthquake hit.

For Whitney King of Mt. Juliet, the news meant that her almost-adoptive cousin, Tia, was now trapped in Haiti. King is the niece of Mike and Missy Wilson, who had just been in Haiti the week before finishing paperwork to formally adopt Tia and bring her home to Franklin when the devastating earthquake hit the impoverished country. King has worked with Brent Gambrell Ministries since 2006 and has been on mission trips to Haiti many times, so she was familiar with life there even before the 7.0-magnitude earthquake leveled the country.

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Wilsons jobless rate climbs

From Post staff reports

Wilson County’s unemployment rate climbed 0.6 percent in December 2009 to 9.1 percent, up from the November ’09 rate of 8.5.

The county unemployment rates for December ’09 were released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

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Local goods bound for Afghanistan

The first eight of 17 pallets of humanitarian aid bound for Afghanistan were to be loaded onto a C-130 yesterday at the Air National Guard's 118th Airlift Wing at Berry Field.

The donations will support the local civilian population of Afghanistan and include blankets, medical supplies, coats, jackets, gloves, boots, crutches and more. They were originally loaded onto pallets Jan. 9, at the base.

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Riders increase, third car added for Music City Star

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

Ridership on the Music City Star has increased this month more than 25 percent and that has brought the addition on Monday of a third train car to the commuter rail service between Lebanon and Nashville.

Patricia Harris-Morehead, communications and marketing director for the Regional Transportation Authority, said the third car has been placed on the train that leaves Lebanon at 6:40 a.m. headed for Nashville and the train that leaves Nashville at 5:05 p.m. for Lebanon.

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Threats made against witnesses in Cooksey case

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

Some witnesses in an investigation into the death 40 years ago of Charles “Butch” Cooksey Jr. have been threatened, and authorities have opened a separate investigation into the matter.

Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe confirmed Thursday that witnesses residing in Smith County have received threats surrounding the case which was reopened in the fall of 2009. Cooksey’s body was found early on June 14, 1969 on Highway 70. He was 19 years old, and authorities who investigated his death at the time ruled it as a hit-and-run. Questions, however, have always remained about his death.

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